Kyoto Animation-Linked DVD Found at Arson Suspect's Home

Society

Kyoto, July 27 (Jiji Press)--Police have found a DVD of a Kyoto Animation Co.-related work at the home of the 41-year-old suspect in a deadly arson attack against the company's No. 1 studio in Kyoto, western Japan, earlier this month, investigative sources said Saturday.

The DVD was among items confiscated during a search by the Kyoto prefectural police of the suspect's apartment in the eastern city of Saitama on Friday.

The confiscated items also included a smartphone and a badly damaged large speaker, according to the sources.

Kyoto Animation, called KyoAni by anime fans, is believed to have been involved in the production of the work of the confiscated DVD.

The suspect, Shinji Aoba, is said to have claimed when he was captured following the attack that he set fire at the studio because the company stole his novel. However, there are no records of Aoba applying for his novel to be made into anime by Kyoto Animation, according to the company.

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